Mini JCW 3 Door hatch

Mini JCW 3 Door hatch

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Farmerbrad

Original Poster:

2 posts

1 month

Thursday 2nd July
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Hi, I've got a new Mini JCW 3 door hatch on order to pick up in September. Was wondering If there is anything to look out for in long term ownership?

Malo

128 posts

68 months

Thursday 2nd July
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Speeding tickets.!! wink

shoestring7

5,839 posts

202 months

Thursday 2nd July
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Ride is harsh with run-flats and big wheels. Front brake discs are expensive, and try and stay clear of kerbs as the spokes hit before the rims do. Rev-hanging in the manuals is a pain(some seem better than others) and in the cold and wet traction is negligible.

Rest of it is all std F56 stuff: interior space at a premium, but all round a nice little package.




Edited by shoestring7 on Friday 3rd July 16:10

elisered

60 posts

38 months

Friday 3rd July
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Farmerbrad said:
Hi, I've got a new Mini JCW 3 door hatch on order to pick up in September. Was wondering If there is anything to look out for in long term ownership?
Replaced my runabout with one of these last September - my first Mini. Limited choice for a sporty 3 door these days - looked at/drove an Up! GTI but that felt like you were sitting on it rather than in it and at that point you couldn't order a new one anyway.



Dealer experience at 3 local big group franchisees was shocking - eventually went to big independent further afield and did the deal within an hour of a test drive. Only took 5 or 6 weeks from the order date to delivery though I guess that might have changed now. I've had the car ceramic coated as it lives outside and that seems to be holding up well.

Purposely choose the smaller wheels and adaptive suspension as I didn't want a rough ride - very happy with the result. Feels like a solidly built car - no issues to date. Quite pointy to drive and feels smaller than it is, easy to loose traction at junctions and roundabouts even when pulling away gently in the damp in standard mode. Infotainment interface is a bit fiddly and non intuitive. Auto gearbox is ok - not as sophisticated as a VW DSG though.

All in all happy with my choice.

GaryF

744 posts

209 months

Friday 3rd July
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Nice colour and have not seen many with that and a white roof/mirror cap combo - usually black or JCW red.

GT4P

3,964 posts

141 months

Friday 3rd July
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Cannot understand the harsh ride with stock suspension and 18s?
We have a 2018 JCW ordered from new, we had no choice on wheels with the spec. so we ended up with 18s and run flats but I wanted stock suspension over adaptive. The ride is ok and I don't find harsh at all but handling is not brilliant due to the tyres which are crap! IMHO the perfect set up would be 17 inch wheels and a better tyre with standard suspension.